Mission Trails – Trail Guide

Glimpsing nature’s beauty at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Nearly 3 1/2-feet tall with a 5-plus-foot wingspan, the Great Egret firmly stands in the sediments of Mother Earth, grounding itself against the ebb of fresh or salt water. A member of the Heron family, this poised, exacting fisherman stoically waits, and then takes its catch by precision movement of its […]

Gear up for Halloween at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Halloween celebrates nature and nature celebrates Halloween! The scene is set. It’s all here, at Mission Trail Regional Park. Cooler temperatures bring a crispness, and underfoot, fallen leaves of monstrously tall sycamores sound an eerie crunch. Against the skyline, hoary oaks with massive twisted branches are sorcerers, hiding spooky critters on […]

Have a September to remember at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Inspiration and its partner imagination are key components of the human spirit. What better place to exercise these attributes than at Mission Trails Regional Park, where time spent in nature stimulates, motivates and improves your sense of well-being. Surround yourself in the green world and benefit from interaction with the natural environment. […]

Encountering nature at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide For ancient Greeks, the word “psyche” had two meanings — butterfly and soul. The striking beauty and fragility of these fleeting creatures leaves an extraordinary impression. Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini), found along the willow-lined waters of Mission Trails Regional Park, is a true marvel. Its name honors French Entomologist […]

Mission Trails Regional Park is the bee’s knees

By Audrey F. Baker The 1920s catchphrase, “it’s the bee’s knees,” expressing the height of excellence, sums up a day that includes time spent under the umbrella of nature at Mission Trails Park. Honey bees pack and carry the richest pollen in tiny baskets located at the mid-segment of their legs. Your emersion into nature […]

Spectacular blooms at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker For a show-stopping spring bloom, check out Holly-leaf Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia). Towering to 30 feet high and wide, its profuse blooms can all but mask its winter holiday-shaped serrated leaves. Look for it in moist areas of our chaparral, amid north-facing slopes. The plant is a gathering place for wildlife. Insects (including […]

April action at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Etymologists, those who study word origins, tell us April derives from of the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open,” designating it as the month when flowers and trees bud. In Southern California, our native plant calendar hosts year-round blooms. Each month brings a new succession of species coming into full glory.